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I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas Paperback – October 9, 2012
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If you've ever dreamed of an all-chocolate Christmas, this book can make your dream come true. Desaulniers gives you seventy-two seductive recipes for every holiday occasion—delectable gifts, tempting treat platters, dreamy breakfast nibbles, and, of course, lots of decadent desserts. Delight your faraway friends and family with treatsthat are perfect for shipping—nearly twenty inall, including Chocolate Fruitycakes, Chocolate Gingerbread Snowflakes, and Chocolate ButtonsUp ButterShots Bundt Cake. Put a smile on thekids' faces with tasty bites like Cranberry Choco-late Chip Oatmeal Cookies, Christmas Breakfast Chocolate Sour Cream Crumb Cake, and Choco-late Drop Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches. And indulge the grown-ups with sinful desserts such as Chocolate Mint Bourbon Crème Brûlée, White Chocolate Banana Walnut Christmas Log, and Chocolate Hazelnut Elagantes.
Desaulniers and his elves tested all of the recipes in a home kitchen using ordinary equipment and supermarket ingredients to make sure that each one is foolproof. So whether you've been naughty or nice, you can tackle any of these recipes with confidence. Many are easy to prepare, and all are beautiful to behold and oh-so-delicious to eat. To make sure each sweet treat comes out just so, Desaulniers also provides "Chef's Touch" notes that detail techniques, variations, storage tips, and serving suggestions. With forty-eight enticing full-color photos, advice on equipment, and a chapter on packing and shipping holiday treats, I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas is sure to become an indispensable holiday companion. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Christmas + Chocolate = Heaven!
No one knows chocolate like James Beard Awardwinning author Marcel Desaulniers, a name synonymous with luscious chocolate desserts. In I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas, he presents the perfect Christmas cookbook for chocolate lovers. Inside, you'll find 72 seductive recipes for every holiday occasiondelectable gifts, tempting treat platters, dreamy breakfast nibbles, and, of course, lots of decadent desserts. Delight faraway friends and family with shippable treats like Chocolate Gingerbread Snowflakes. Put a smile on the kids' faces with fun desserts like Chocolate Drop Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches. Indulge grown-up desires with sinful delights like Chocolate Mint Bourbon Creme Brulee. There's something here for anyone who loves chocolate.
Every recipe here has been perfected for ordinary home kitchens and everyday ingredients, so whether you've been naughty or nice you can tackle any of these recipes with confidence. Full of sweets that are easy to prepare, beautiful to behold, and oh-so-delicious to eat, I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas is the indispensable holiday cookbook for chocoholics.
Top Customer Reviews
This is also a great "guy" gift! I've heard from many guys who have purchased the book at my shop and have been proud of the recipes they've reproduced through it.
Marcel's "chef's touch" is a welcome feature
....this book should top your list for holiday giving!
Treat yourself and the sweetie's on your list.
From my shop to yours....GiGi at GiGi's Global Specialty
However, the recipes in this book are more complicated than some other reviewers would have you believe, with multiple steps for most of the recipes (not including cookies). And although the book jacket promises that the recipes require only "ordinary equipment and supermarket ingredients," I have to disagree. The dessert pictured on the cover, for example, requires six new pieces of PVC pipes - now, who considers PVC pipes to be ordinary cooking equipment? Not me or my friends who bake (even the one who went to culinary school).
I found many of the tips contained in the Chef's Touch notes (included for each recipe) to be useful. The tips on storage and shipping for the recipes will be helpful as well.
I am not a fan of the author's writing style which was sometimes corny. He tried a little too hard to be funny or be low-key. For instance, in the notes for White Chocolate Kisses, the author writes "Notice the baking time is just 14 minutes, so you should avoid distractions like playing mouth music with your sweetie, and keep a close eye on your cookies as they bake." Who says "mouth music"?
I would have preferred to give the book 3.5 stars. Since that is not an option, I rounded up.
One note on this recipe: I found myself with some chocolate dough left after using up all of the filling. I went ahead and rolled the rest of the dough without the filling, baked those cookies, and found them almost as wonderful as the filled cookies. Just a thought, if you're pressed for time and don't want to fuss with the filling - don't, then, and you'll be fine.
I have several, probably all, of Mr. D's books, and this one is on a par with the rest of them. Fabulous recipes, very clearly-written instructions, incredible results. When I need to bring a treat somewhere, and I don't have time to fool around and screw up a few times, his are my go-to recipes.
My only quibble with this book, and it's a small one, is the claim that there's only one involved recipe in the book. I think they're all pretty involved, as I don't usually bother with anything that calls for more effort than throwing a bunch of things in a mixer bowl and slapping the mixture into the oven.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Marcel Desaulniers' cookbooks. Own several and have made several items that have turned out wonderfully. Although they take longer, the time is worth it.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
For those who're looking to fill out their holiday baking, or who really are looking for recipes to
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A perfect transaction with no hitches. Product is perfect too!Published on July 4, 2014 by Laura Auerbach
Many of these desserts are time consuming to make, but the results are worth it! I made the creation on the cover for a Christmas party of 30. Elegant and yummy!Published on November 19, 2012 by AFear
It is a good book in good condition as described. The book, however, does not have pictures for all recipes.Published on September 20, 2010 by VM
I was very disappointed with this book, especially with the chocolate toffee recipe. The recipe directs you to cook the ingredients to 360 degrees, I new better than to cook it... Read morePublished on December 19, 2009 by David Lillte
Marcel Desaulniers has created a holiday wonderland of recipes that will excite and tintilate. The end results are delicious and of course, crowd pleasers. Read morePublished on November 20, 2009 by Bronzebird